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Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:29pm

The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Video: An Interspecies Flying Lesson

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:10pm

Gorilla naturalist? Barbara J. King suggests watching this young male gorilla in the Virunga Mountains during his close-up encounter with a baby owl.

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Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:36pm

Billions of these birds once flew over North America, but the last known passenger pigeon died in 1914. To try to figure out what happened, scientists analyzed DNA from the toes of birds in museums.

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As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:00am

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.

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WATCH: The Hurricane Season, As Shown By Salt, Smoke And Dust

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:15pm

A NASA visualization uses computer models to show how recent hurricanes shifted salt from the Atlantic, dust from the Sahara and smoke from fires in Portugal and the Pacific Northwest.

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From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:13pm

Archaeologists say early civilizations in North and Central America were more egalitarian than the societies of Eurasia — and they think it's because early Americans didn't have cattle or horses.

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'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:58am

Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.

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Pioneers Of High-Quality Near Beer Are Banking On Non-Drinking Binges

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:00am

Even if you're staying sober, sometimes you might just miss the taste of a really good beer. But the market for high-end booze-free brews has gone largely untapped. That's starting to change.

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Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

Researchers say there's huge potential for harnessing ocean waves to create electricity. The Energy Department is backing one effort in Oregon.

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Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:09am

The island is a major center for drug and medical device manufacturing. After Hurricane Maria, those products, including small IV bags, are running short throughout the U.S.

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Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:13pm

It's not proof of cause and effect, but should be a warning, researchers say. Surveys showed teens — especially girls — who spent hours online daily were more likely than others to report depression.

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On The Alien Question: Where Are They?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:25am

The great physicist Enrico Fermi asked this question in the 1950s. There are more than 50 possible "solutions" to Fermi's Paradox: Here, astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser explores a few.

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Researchers Explore The Effects Of Section 8 Grants In Houston

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 4:00am

A study looks at the effect of housing vouchers on criminal activity. People who receive Section 8 vouchers are more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, but this effect only shows up for men.

Global Carbon Emissions Rising Again After Brief Plateau, Researchers Say

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 5:05pm

After several years of nearly no growth in planetary carbon emissions, human-created carbon output is projected to rise again. That means the past few years were a pause, not a peak, researchers say.

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Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:09pm

Scientists have found evidence of ancient winemaking in Georgia, a country which prides itself on its vino. It's the earliest trace of viniculture using wild grapes similar to those used today.

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Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:34pm

Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of air pollution. Some people who live and work near the plants are frustrated with the federal response.

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Security Firm Says Extremely Creepy Mask Cracks iPhone X's Face ID

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:26pm

A video shows the Vietnam-based Bkav apparently bypassing the feature. Apple has touted the function as secure since it was unveiled in September.

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What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:13pm

The Japanese beef is considered a luxury, with plenty of fat and its super-soft texture. New evidence could explain what's behind its sweet smell.

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Um, Uh, Huh? Are These Words Clues To Understanding Human Language?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:38am

Tiny filler words in human rapid-fire conversation hold the key to understanding how language is unique, according to a new book. But anthropologist Barbara J. King raises some questions.

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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:47am

The search is on for opioid alternatives that can block pain without causing addiction. One promising candidate: snail venom.

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